Davis pushes for baseline security standards in HSD markup

Davis pushes for baseline security standards in HSD markup

Rep. Tom Davis wants to see at least some of his IT security bill, HR 3844, rolled into Homeland Security Department legislation. The Virginia Republican, who chairs the Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology and Procurement Policy, has asked Reps. Richard Armey (R-Texas) and Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the leaders of the Select Committee on Homeland Security, to add provisions of his Federal Information Security Management Act to the final bill.

FISMA was not part of the Select Committee's markup because of time constraints, although Davis said the committee agreed to it in principle. The Government Reform Committee and the Science Committee initially considered FISMA, but it stalled in subcommittees.

Davis' letter said the bill's provisions would 'significantly strengthen federal cyberpreparedness by requiring all agencies to implement specific, baseline security standards established by the National Institutes of Standards and Technology.'

In addition to the NIST-developed standards, Davis' bill would permanently reauthorize the agencywide risk management security approach first imposed this year under the Government Information Security Reform Act.

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